Organic electrode materials, such as redox-active polymers, offer the possibility to build flexible plastic batteries. In contrast to common batteries, containing heavy-metal based electrodes, they are renewable and easy to recycle. This part of our research is focused on the development of redox-active organic materials and on their evaluation for reversible charge storage as cathode or anode materials in batteries.
Carbon nanotubes have attracted scientists since their discovery due to their unique properties such as exceptionally high electrical and thermal conductivity and mechanical stability. Up to date it is not possible to access carbon nanotubes with exact diameter and length. Nanobelts, resulting from cutting slices off of a nanotube, can serve as model systems.
This part of our research aims at synthesizing different types of nanorings and -belts with unique structural design and investigating their properties. These endeavors are accompanied by quantum chemical calculations.